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W.Va. Unions OK Possible Work Action Against Education Bill

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FLATWOODS, W.Va. (AP) — Union leaders say West Virginia teachers and other public employees have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a statewide work action if needed against complex education legislation making its way through the Legislature. Leaders of the West Virginia Education Association, the American Federation of Teachers’ West Virginia chapter and the West Virginia School… Read More

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Bill Would Cut West Virginia Lawmaker Pay During Impasse

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia lawmakers would have their pay curtailed during budget impasses under a bill passed unanimously by the state Senate. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports the Senate voted 30-0 with four members absent Friday in favor of Senate Bill 263. After five days in extended or special sessions when a state budget hasn’t been… Read More

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W.Va. Has Been Paying Insurance on Vehicles it Doesn’t Own

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia lawmaker says the state has been paying insurance on thousands of vehicles than it doesn’t actually own. House of Delegates committee on government organization chairman Gary Howell announced Wednesday the state’s current vehicle fleet totals 8,380. That’s about 4,000 fewer than earlier thought. The Mineral County Republican says… Read More

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West Virginia Tax Collections Fall Below Estimates

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia revenue collections have failed to surpass tax estimates for the first time in 10 months. Gov. Jim Justice said Tuesday collections in January were $3 million below estimates, blamed on weaker-than-anticipated monthly personal income tax collections. Overall collections through the first seven months of the fiscal year are $40.9… Read More

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School Groups Poised to Oppose West Virginia Reform Bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Three groups critical of an education reform bill moving through the West Virginia Senate say they’re ready to take statewide action. The West Virginia Education Association, West Virginia School Service Personnel Association and American Federation of Teachers say they’ll take action if it’s merited. The groups are opposed to the bill,… Read More

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New Business Court Division Chairman Named in West Virginia

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Chief Justice Beth Walker has named a new chairman of the Business Court Division, which handles complex commercial litigation between businesses. The Supreme Court said in a news release Thursday that Walker signed an order naming 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Michael D. Lorensen chairman of the division, effective Friday…. Read More

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W.Va. Senate Committee OKs Education Bill Jeered by Teachers

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia senators have advanced education legislation viewed by teachers as retaliation for last year’s nine-day statewide strike. The Republican-led Senate voted 18-16 as a committee Thursday to advance the comprehensive bill to the full Senate, where it later underwent a first reading. Republicans Bill Hamilton and Kenny Mann joined Democrats… Read More

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Union: W.Va. Teachers’ Protest Among Options in Bill Debate

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s Senate has bypassed a key committee in advancing major education legislation as a union official declined to rule out mobilizing teachers in protest for the second time in a year. The Republican-led Senate approved a rare motion by voice vote Monday to skip the finance committee and instead let… Read More

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Democrats in West Virginia Critical of GOP Education Bill

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Democrats in West Virginia are criticizing a Republican-backed draft bill aimed at revamping the state’s education system. The Republican-led Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 along party lines Friday to send the draft to the Senate Finance Committee. In a statement Saturday, West Virginia Democratic Party chairwoman Belinda Biafore said out-of-state lobbyists… Read More

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W.Va. Lawmakers Forward Bill Despite Teachers’ Concerns

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A West Virginia Senate committee has forwarded a draft bill to revamp the state’s education system. The Republican-led Senate Education Committee voted 7-5 along party lines Friday to send the draft to the Senate Finance Committee. Two committee members were absent. At the end of the five-hour hearing, some Democrats said… Read More

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Conversion Therapy Ban Bill Pulled From Schedule For Edits

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A bill that would ban child conversion therapy in West Virginia has been pulled from the schedule of a state Senate committee for possible edits. Senate Health and Human Resources Committee Chair Michael Maroney changed the committee agenda Tuesday so staff attorneys can make improvements to the bill. Maroney was the… Read More

Broadband Internet Bill Advances In W.Va. House

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Legislation aimed at expanding high-speed wireless and broadband internet development in West Virginia has advanced in the House of Delegates. The House committee on technology and infrastructure approved the bill Wednesday and forwarded it to the House judiciary committee. The bill would allow broadband providers to install updated technologies on existing… Read More

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West Virginia: Proposal To Give $10M For Trump’s Border Wall


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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Some lawmakers in drug-ravaged West Virginia want to pitch in millions of dollars for President Donald Trump’s wall-building effort along the U.S.-Mexico border. The GOP-led House of Delegates issued a statement Monday that a bill planned by three delegates would divert $10 million from West Virginia’s current $186 million budget surplus… Read More

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W.Va. Tax Collections Above Estimates For 9th Straight Month

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia revenue collections have surpassed tax estimates for nine consecutive months. Gov. Jim Justice announced Tuesday that collections in December were $44.8 million above estimates. That pushes year-to-date collections to $186 million above estimates. Justice has projected the surplus will grow to $300 million by the end of the fiscal… Read More

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West Virginia City Questions Humming Sound From Ohio Plant

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PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia city is asking local leaders what can be done about the humming sound that’s drifting across the Ohio River from a manufacturing plant in Washington County. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel reports Vienna city residents complained to the Wood County Commission Thursday that a sound has been coming from the… Read More

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PEIA Finance Board Members Approve Benefits Plan

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – Public Employees Insurance Agency Finance Board members have approved a benefits plan with no premium increases or cuts in benefits. However, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports they didn’t roll back a proposal to eliminate penalties for insurees who seek care from out-of-state providers to apply only to counties bordering West Virginia. As… Read More

Land In 7 W. Va. Counties Acquired For Wildlife Management Efforts

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A nonprofit has bought nearly 19,000 acres of forest land in seven West Virginia counties aimed at increasing public access for hunting and wildlife-associated recreation. The Arlington, Virginia-based Conservation Fund announced the land purchase Thursday. A statement by the organization says the land was bought at the request of the state… Read More

West Virginia Population Drops For 6th Straight Year

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The U.S. Census Bureau says West Virginia’s population has dropped for the sixth straight year. Estimates released Wednesday show West Virginia’s population shrank by 11,216 residents. It was among nine states to lose population. As of July 1, the state’s population was estimated at about 1.81 million residents. West Virginia’s population… Read More

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Crews In West Virginia Mine Rescue Honored

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice has recognized those who rescued several adults from an inactive coal mine. Justice gave certificates of recognition to state Miners’ Health, Safety and Training office director Eugene White and more than a dozen others Wednesday during a news conference at the Capitol in Charleston. Justice called… Read More

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Official Suspended After Incident Involving Transgender Student At West Virginia School

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The Latest on a West Virginia high school assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student in a school bathroom (all times local): 4:30 p.m. A West Virginia assistant principal has been suspended after a complaint that he harassed a transgender male student inside a high school bathroom. News outlets report… Read More